Last night, I teamed up with Texas Department of Transportation for a community town hall to discuss new road projects in and around the central Texas corridors along I-35 and 183-South. Our discussion at the ACC Riverside campus focused on current needs, but also dove into how our city’s growth is already setting us up for new challenges.
As we all know, money plays a huge part in easing traffic congestion and getting Austinites moving. Proposition 1, which was passed overwhelmingly by voters in November 2014, and constitutional amendment #7, which is on the ballot this year, are two key measures that will help finance these sorely-needed projects.Anybody who has been on I-35 lately has seen the endless construction and expansion. I encourage you to check out current work along our interstate at http://www.my35.org/.
Another Visit to Eastside Memorial High
On Tuesday, I joined AISD board member Jayme Mathias for a tour of Eastside Memorial High School to see new changes and exciting achievements. Teachers and the community have invested so much into these kids, and many of those students shared with me their plans after high school and possibly college. It is not only about setting high standards, but also providing the resources necessary to achieve their goals. It is heartening to see the community school model take root in east Austin. In the next legislative session, I am committed to working with our local schools to make sure the Legislature affords them the resources and flexibility they need to succeed.
Light the Night 2015
There’s still time to register for the 2015 Light The Night Walk to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. This is an opportunity to meet with neighbors, talk about the impacts of cancer in our lives and work together to fund research that will lead to cures. This year’s walk will be held at Lake Park at Mueller on Saturday, October 24. You can gather friends and family to create a team or you may walk as an individual.